Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Now Boasts On-Staff Hospitalists
Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital March 09, 2011
Popular specialists oversee all aspects of a patient’s care
LAKE FOREST, IL – Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital (NLFH) added three hospitalists to its staff from Northwestern Memorial Hospital, putting a greater focus on comprehensive hospital care for patients. Hospitalists are trained physicians whose primary goals are to improve the delivery of care to hospitalized patients and to optimize communication with outpatient specialists and primary care providers.
Gaurav Chaturvedi, MD, leads the new hospitalist team. “As healthcare evolves to deliver greater value, hospitalists strive to deliver higher-quality hospital care more efficiently,” said Dr. Chaturvedi. “We work as both an advocate for the patient and a resource for the hospital. Our all-encompassing view of hospital operations gives us a unique perspective as we aim to deliver safe, seamless, coordinated care.”
During the last several years, the number of practicing hospitalists has multiplied, making hospitalists the fastest-growing medical specialty in the history of American medicine. The number of hospitalists currently surpasses the number of cardiologists and rivals the number of emergency medicine physicians. The surge in hospital medicine is largely due to the way hospitalists streamline communication between departments and foster quality improvement and patient safety.
The hospitalist program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital has been in existence for eight years and expanded to Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital in January of 2011. At NLFH, hospitalists work collaboratively with doctors at all locations to arrange appointments and procedures, provide follow-up care, lead communications and perform critical care.
“We bring a team-oriented approach to medicine at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital,” said Mark Williams, MD, Professor and Chief of Hospital Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “Working closely with all members of the hospital staff, we can optimize patient care and tend to a greater number of patients with increasing continuity.”
Hospitalists bring many additional benefits to the community, including an increased emphasis on informatics and patient records; 24-hour hospital patient care; reduced lengths-of-stay and discharge coordination with continued care institutions, nurses, families and primary care physicians.